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Cricket Wireless Launches HTC Desire 520 and New Switcher Promo

AT&T's Cricket Wireless launched the new HTC Desire 520 today for $99. It's an entry level Android 5.1 LTE phone with a 4.5 inch, 854x480 px inch screen, Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MB internal storage, and SD card slot. There's an 8 MP main camera and a 2 MP front facing camera. The Desire 520 features an Extreme Power Saving Mode that Cricket claims lets the phone's non-removable battery last more than a week on a full charge or overnight on just 10 percent juice.

Cricket also announced launched three new promotions today:

For a limited time, customers switching to Cricket from another operator can get the LG Risio LTE Android phone for $19.99 (reg $49.99) or the LG G Stylo LTE Android Phablet for $99.99 (reg $149.99). This offer is only available in Cricket stores, not online.

Cricket reduced prices on several of its older Android phones today:


Finally, Cricket offering "open enrollment" period for its Cricket Protect phone insurance program. Normally only available within seven days of device purchase, from September 11 – October 30, 2015 Cricket will give users a second chance to enroll in Cricket Protect. It costs $7-10 per month, depending on your phone model. Customers can sign up for open enrollment by visiting their local Cricket store.

Personally I think phone insurance is a bad deal for most users. Phones depreciate quickly and if you do have a claim you don't get a free phone, you have to pay a deductible which can be quite high. You can Cricket Protect's deductible amounts for various phones at www.phoneclaim.com/cricket The deductible on the Galaxy S5 is $250 which seems steep for a $399.99 phone which probably be selling for $199.99 a year from now.

Source: Cricket press release

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  1. Is the Cricket LG G Stylo like Boost 8gb/1gb 8mp or T-MOBILE 16 gb/2gb 13 mp?
    Does anyone know which bands it supports?

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  2. LTE Bands 2/4/5/17
    WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz
    GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    Memory 1.5 GB RAM, up to 8 GB user memory
    Source: Cricket Wireless

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  3. Eh, the Maven seems like a better deal.

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    1. Isn't the Maven=Overture 2

      "Eh, the Maven seems like a better deal."

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  4. I might be interested in the switcher promos if they were offered online. I see no value in wasting my time going to the Cricket store and also having the $25 activation fee. Yuck !

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    1. The thought of brick-and-mordor for anything to do with phones gives me the willies any more.

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  5. Wait, isn't the SD210 slower than the SD400 in the current Desire 510 which was free?

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    1. Yes instead of upgrading the chip they downgraded to a slow chip that makes absolutely no sense

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    2. I initially though the same thing but the Snapdragon 210 and 400 are similar architecturally and benchmark with 5% of each other. The main difference is that the 210 has a built in LTE radio which should reduce the manufacturing cost considerably. $99.99 is the early adopters price, I expect to see the Desire 520 below $50 in a month or two. I'm hoping the 520 has a better screen than the 510 which had a dim washed out looking screen.

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  6. I've never understood why many mobile operators such as Cricket remain so opposed to tethering -- even in the face of possible conflict with the FCC over Net Neutrality violations.. It seems like one is most likely to use all of their plan data if they watch streaming video, like Netflix or YouTube, -- which don't require tethering anyway because they have native apps that enable one to watch video on their device, or to hook up their TV and use up all their data allotment. On the other hand, when I tether my laptop it is usually so that I can use a keyboard and fill out a form, for example -- very low data use.

    It seems to me that, if Cricket allowed tethering at no extra cost, this would be a far better selling point than a cheap phone deal now and then, or even North American roaming, and cost them very little in terms of customer data use.

    Am I missing something?

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    1. >Am I missing something?

      Perhaps not everyone is like you? Tethering can also be used for torrenting. Not meant to be snarky, just an empirical musing.

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    2. Umm, that means they can't sell you a tethering add on= lower margins. And I use twice as much data when I tether, I'm sure I'm in the majority there.

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    3. Yeah, I kind of forgot that we don't have WiFi thru a DSL landline, cable, or satellite, so that everything comes in thru our smartphones. So a lot of stuff that other people do on WiFi (very cheap GBs), we do over the phone.

      I looked up Bittorrent and torrenting and still don't understand what it is exactly it does.

      Thanks for the input.

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    4. There are multiple torrent client apps available for Android, so tethering isn't required for that purpose.

      They get away with charging for tethering because only technical people understand that there's little difference other than the claimed higher data usage, which I suspect may no longer be true thanks to the capabilities of modern smartphones. Higher data usage would be in the carriers best interests anyway as it would push customers to upgrade to plans with higher days allotments with associated higher payments to carriers.

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  7. Do all cricket Wireless retail store charge a $25 activation fee

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    1. Yes but some are willing to negotiate the price or waive it entirely to make a sale.

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